Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IUPUI library bring racing history to life online

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has a rich history that has shaped the culture of Indiana as well as the worlds of sports and racing.
A new digital collection made possible by the collaboration of the motorsports organization and the University Library at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis captures that history through more than 14,000 images.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Collection features highlights from the Speedway’s 100-plus years with photographs taken from 1879 to 1997. The photographs can be viewed online due to an ambitious digitization project, funded by grants from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Indiana State Library.

Some of the highlights include the very first public event at the Speedway, the 1909 U.S. National Balloon Championship. That helium-filled-balloon competition took place at the Speedway more than two months before the oval was completed. Other historic moments represented in the collection are the 1909 motorcycle race, dominated by “Cannon Ball” Baker, and the first Indianapolis 500 Mile Race in 1911.

This online collection will allow users from across the world to explore the storied past of the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Users can browse the collection by searching for drivers by name or searching for particular races by year.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Collection is one of more than 60 online collections created by the IUPUI University Library and its community partners. These unique online repositories, containing digital images of historic documents and objects, were created with the help of local organizations such as the Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, in nearby Fishers, and the Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper.

Located at 755 W. Michigan Ave. in the heart of the IUPUI campus, the University Library is a public library, serving nearly 1 million visitors a year, 10 percent of them community users. University Library supports students and faculty across all of IUPUI’s more than 200 degree programs with research expertise and a wide array of resources. Any resident of Indiana is eligible for an IUPUI University Library card.

Glick Eye Institute public art project completes second call for art with new pieces selected


INDIANAPOLIS — Art created by 23 artists with Indiana ties is now on display at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute as part of the second phase of a public art project created to showcase the visual arts in a building dedicated to vision care and research.

The new pieces have been added to the original 17 pieces of art that were donated or purchased during the public art project’s initial round in 2011, held to coincide with the opening and dedication of the Glick Eye Institute.

“We were overwhelmed with the response we received to both phases of the art project, and with the second call for art, our collection has expanded to include more photography, glass and ceramic pieces,” said Jeff Rothenberg, M.D., M.S., chair of the public art project’s committee.

A glass artist, Dr. Rothenberg contributed blown glass globes that hang in the building’s foyer. For this phase of the art project, he designed glass pieces that become an outline of the eye when installed on a wall. Each circular piece of glass, ranging in size from a half inch to 3 inches, is of varying shades of blue and green.

“Our patients enjoy the art and appreciate the pieces that have been selected for the Glick Eye Institute,” said Louis Cantor, M.D., chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Glick Eye Institute. “We believe it is important to include art in a building dedicated to vision and vision research. The art project has allowed us to do that as our department funds are dedicated to patient care, research and education for the next generation of ophthalmologists.”

Two of the larger pieces of art, magnified photographs printed on 3-foot circles, hang in a large hallway of the first-floor clinic. Created by Indianapolis artist David Woolf, a Master of Fine Arts student at Herron School of Art on the IUPUI campus, the images have been enlarged to bring new detail to the viewer. His two works, “Crux” and “Suburbia,” are images of organic materials that when enlarged are reminiscent of microscopic details.

Blown glass by Indianapolis glass artist Yuri Okamoto also is included in the exhibit. She created vessels adorned with delicate flowers. Okamoto has a bachelor’s degree in glass from Meisei University in Japan. She returned to her artistic roots when she moved here in 2002.

“I could not speak English at all when I moved here,” she said. “The first six months were very difficult.” Eventually she learned of classes at the Indianapolis Art Center, where she said she became reacquainted with her art and learned to speak English.

“I met great friends,” she said. “Since then, I regularly teach glass classes and am fortunate enough to be a part of the glass community in Indiana.”

Several photographs also were selected for the new exhibition, including “Mapping Mendenhall Glacier by Kayak” by Flounder Lee. This image was taken on a research trip to document the retreat of the Alaskan glaciers.

Art for the exhibit was selected by the Glick Eye Institute’s Public Art Project Committee, composed of Dr. Rothenberg, Linda Cantor, Stephanie Brater, Marianne Glick, Kim Harper and Rich Thompson. The selections were installed under the guidance of Sherry Rouse, curator of the IU Museum of Art in Bloomington, and assistant curator Katie Chattin.

The pieces will remain on display through February. The committee will determine which pieces, if any, can be purchased for permanent installation. The Glick Art Fund has been established for donations to be used exclusively to purchase art for the Glick Eye Institute. Donations can be made at

The artists and their works selected for this exhibit include:

–       Philip M. Blomgren, “Rosetta,” oil on canvas
–       Cynthia Booth, “The world beyond the window,” photography
–       Chris Bowman, “Diversity,” salvaged wood
–       Peggy Breidenbach, “Reflections on the Iris,” ceramic
–       Benaiah Cusack, “The Wild Place” and “Beginning,” acrylic on canvas
–       Heidi Garriott, “There Is Joy in Laughter,” photography; and “Reflected Vision,” glass and wood
–       Margaret Gohn, “Magenta (Petunioideae)” oil, sand and wax on canvas
–       Tom Hubbard, “Untitled Wassenaar, The Netherlands,” archival pigment print
–       Jeff Kisling, “Tulips,” photography
–       Lee Layman, “Emergence” and “Reflection,” paintings
–       Flounder Lee, “Mapping Mendenhall Glacier by Kayak 1,” photography
–       David Lesh, “Take another look,” mixed media
–       G. Alexandre Lewis, “Ball and glove,” pencil on paper
–       Robyn Loughran, “Ferns and Flowers,” photography
–       Jeff Mason, “Rays of Sun” and “Emerging From the Rain,” photography
–       Carole Mitchell, “Color Avalanche,” textile
–       Yuri Okamoto, “Dogwood” and “Sakura,” glass
–       Nikki Pritchett, “The Neighborhood,” acrylic on canvas
–       Daren Pitts Redman, “walking, looking down,” textile
–       Jeff Rothenberg, M.D., “teichopsia,” glass
–       Tal Rothenberg, “Zebra and Bluebird,” photography
–       Doug Sauter, “Canoes,” photography
–       David Woolf, “Crux” and “Suburbia,” photography

A brochure with information about the artists is available here.

Russel Sage Foundation Research Support

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One of the oldest American foundations, the Russell Sage Foundation was established by Mrs. Margaret Olivia Sage in 1907 for “the improvement of social and living conditions in the United States.” In its early years the Foundation undertook major projects in low-income housing, urban planning, social work, and labor reform. The Foundation now dedicates itself exclusively to strengthening the methods, data, and theoretical core of the social sciences as a means of diagnosing social problems and improving social policies.

The Russell Sage Foundation is an operating foundation directly involved in the conduct and dissemination of social science research. In its effort to improve the social effectiveness of social research, the Foundation

  • Invites individual scholars and collaborative groups working in areas of Foundation interest to participate in the Foundation’s Visiting Scholar Program to pursue their research and writing projects;
  • Provides support for scholars at other institutions to pursue research projects that advance the Foundation’s research programs;
  • Assures widespread access to the research that the Foundation supports through its own book publishing program;
  • Sponsors special seminars and working groups aimed at developing new topics in social science;
  • Participates in the planning of each study or program as an active partner and reserves the right to publish any resulting manuscripts;
  • Collaborates with other granting agencies and academic institutions in studies of social problems.

How to apply for support from the Foundation

NSF Grant: Law & Social Sciences (LSS)

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Law & Social Sciences (LSS)(nsf12507)

The Law & Social Sciences Program considers proposals that address
social scientific studies of law and law-like systems of rules. The
program is inherently interdisciplinary and multi-methodological.
Successful proposals describe research that advances scientific
theory and understanding of the connections between law or legal
processes and human behavior. Social scientific studies of law
often approach law as dynamic, made in multiple arenas, with the
participation of multiple actors. Fields of study include many
disciplines, and often address problems including though not
limited to:

1. Crime, Violence and Punishment
2. Economic Issues
3. Governance
4. Legal Decisionmaking
5. Legal Mobilization and Conceptions of Justice
6. Litigation and the Legal Profession


LSS provides the following modes of support

1. Standard Research Grants and Grants for Collaborative Research
2. Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
3. Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowships
4. Workshop and Conference Proposals

For details:

Herron’s community-focused summer exhibitions to feature Fine Art Furniture and Painting

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This year, Herron School of Art and Design’s popular, community-focused, summer exhibitions will feature Fine Art Furniture and Painting.

A June 14 reception in Eskenazi Hall from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. will open Experimental: The work of Phil Tennant with selected Herron alumni in the Berkshire, Reese and Paul galleries. In the Marsh Gallery will be Surprising Successes, a selection of paintings and playful works byLois Eskenazi.

A one-night-only sale in the Basile Gallery of 16 works ranging in price from $150 to $3000 will provide an opportunity for attendees to add to or begin their own collections. The sale of prints, sculpture, photography and ceramics by artists including Barb BondyRobert Horvath,Bob ShayPaul Weir and Kevin Wolfe will benefit Herron programs.

The event is free and open to the public. The exhibitions continue through July 25.

In substance, Experimental offers a glimpse at the legacy of Professor Phillip Tennant, not only through his own, sought-after creations, but through work by some of his former students. Tennant will retire from Herron in May after 38 years. He founded Herron’s Furniture Design Program and helped place Herron among the very top programs in the country.

Experimental includes works by Furniture Design alumni Nick Allman, Erin Behling, Chris Bowman, Ray Duffey, Nicholas Hollibaugh, Matt Hutton, David Lee, Jason Ramey, Cory Robinson, Ted Ross, Tom Tedrow and Ruby Troup.

Collectors who loaned work by Tennant include Vaughn and Melissa HickmanMark andCarmen HolemanJune McCormackDorit and Gerald PaulOra PescovitzDr. James and Nancy Chesterton SmithJoyce Sommers, Dr. Christopher and Ann Stack and Donnie and Judy Walsh.

“These eagerly-anticipated exhibits highlight the talent within our own community and feature works of art either created or collected by Hoosiers who have made art central to their lives, some through formal, scholarly training and some by other paths,” said Herron’s Dean Valerie Eickmeier.

“Professor Tennant’s work has been exhibited galleries, universities and museums nationally and featured in Fine WoodworkingAmerican Craft Magazine and Furniture Studio.  Over the span of his career, he has developed a rich vocabulary of forms and techniques that beautifully unite balance, structure and expression.

“Lois Eskenazi deferred her pursuit until her family was raised and then traveled far and wide to study and hone her technique. Her award-winning works show a mastery of oil painting and great sensitivity to subject matter,” Eickmeier continued. “Among the variety of works in these exhibitions, any art lover will be able to find something inspiring.”

NEH Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller institutions (internal deadline 02/20/2014)

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NEH Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller institutions

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IU Internal Deadline: 02/20/2014

NEH Application Deadline: 5/1/2014

Brief Description: Updated guidelines will be posted at least two months in advance of the deadline listed. In the meantime, please use the guidelines for the previous deadline, to get a sense of what is involved in assembling an application.


Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions – such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities – improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects, and digital materials.


Preservation Assistance Grants may be used for purposes like these:

  • General preservation assessments
  • Consultations with professionals to address a specific preservation issue, need, or problem
  • Purchase of storage furniture and preservation supplies
  • Purchase of environmental monitoring equipment for humanities collections
  • Education and training


Award Amount:

  • Grants of up to $6,000 will be awarded.
  • All grants are awarded for a period of eighteen months, although a grantee may complete a project in a shorter period of time.
  • Cost sharing is not required in this program. If eligible expenses are more than $6,000, an applicant may cover the difference and show this as cost sharing in the project&39;s budget.


Eligibility: Applicants must demonstrate that they:

  • care for and have custody of the humanities collections that are the focus of the application;
  • have at least one staff member or the full-time equivalent, whether paid or unpaid; and
  • make their collections open and available for the purpose of education, research, and/or public programming, as evidenced by the number of days on which the institution is open to the public, the capacity to support access and use, and the availability of staff for this purpose.


Individuals are not eligible to apply.


Limitation: One per campus

Only one application for a Preservation Assistance Grant may be submitted annually by an institution, although distinct collecting entities of a larger organization may apply in the same year, such as the library and museum of a university or two historic sites within a historical society.


For consideration, submit the following documents electronically to Etta Ward,, by February 20, 2014 for internal competition.


1.       Provide a one-paragraph abstract (up to one thousand characters) describing the nature of the collections that are the focus of the project, their significance to the humanities, and the specific goal(s) and activities that the grant would support.

2.       1-3 page Project Narrative (limitation does not include references) that:

  • State the specific activity or activities that the grant would support and the goals of the proposed project.
  • Describe the collections that are the focus of the project, emphasizing their significance to the humanities.
  • Discuss how this project fits into the institution’s overall preservation needs or plans. Describe the current condition of collections and the environment in which they are stored. Explain how the proposed activities build on previous preservation efforts and how the project fits into future preservation plans. In addition, explain how the project would increase your institution’s ability to improve collection care beyond the period of the grant.
  • Outline the steps of the project, the sequence in which they will occur, and indicate who is responsible for which activities.

3.       A Letter from the Chair or Dean

4.       2-3 page abbreviated CV for the PI

NEH Challenge Grants (internal deadline 2/5/2014)

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NEH Challenge Grants

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IU Internal Deadline: 02/05/2014

Optional Letter of Intent: 3/20/2014

NEH Application Deadline: 5/1/2014

Brief Description: Updated guidelines will be posted at least two months in advance of the deadline listed. In the meantime, please use the guidelines for the previous deadline, to get a sense of what is involved in assembling an application.

NEH challenge grants are capacity-building grants, intended to help institutions and organizations secure long-term improvements in and support for their humanities programs and resources. Through these awards, many organizations and institutions have been able to increase their humanities capacity and secure the permanent support of an endowment. Grants may be used to establish or enhance endowments or spend-down funds that generate expendable earnings to support and enhance ongoing program activities. Challenge grants may also provide capital directly supporting the procurement of long-lasting objects, such as acquisitions for archives and collections, the purchase of equipment, and the construction or renovation of facilities needed for humanities activities. Funds spent directly must be shown to bring long-term benefits to the institution and to the humanities more broadly. Grantee institutions may also expend up to 10 percent of total grant funds (federal funds plus matching funds) to defray costs of fundraising to meet the NEH challenge.


Award Amount:

NEH will offer successful applicants a matching grant. The requested grant amount should be appropriate to the humanities needs and the fundraising capacity of the institution. The federal portions of NEH challenge grants have ranged in recent years from $30,000 to $1 million, the maximum amount that may be requested. Requests over $500,000, however, are unlikely to be funded at the requested level, and in recent years the maximum grant has ranged between $425,000 and $500,000. Applicants wishing to apply for a grant of more than $500,000 should consult with NEH staff about the size of their requests. Smaller grants for sharply defined purposes are encouraged.



NEH challenge grants assist institutions in developing sources of support for humanities programs, and fundraising is an integral part of the long-term planning that challenge grants require. Persons raising the funds as well as those who will be directly responsible for the humanities programs should be fully involved in the planning from the outset. Grant recipients must raise, from nonfederal donors, three times the amount of federal funds offered.



With the exception of elementary and secondary schools (public or private) and school districts, any U.S. nonprofit institution (public agency, private nonprofit organization, federally recognized Indian tribal government) working wholly or in part with the humanities may apply for a challenge grant. Affiliated institutions (for example, a university museum) should consult with NEH staff on questions of separate eligibility. Institutions that support research, education, preservation, and public programming in humanities disciplines are eligible to apply for an NEH challenge grant.


Limitation: One per campus  

Institutions may apply for only one NEH challenge grant in a calendar year.


To apply for IU Internal competition:

For consideration, submit the following documents electronically to Etta Ward,, by February 5, 2014 for internal competition.

1.       1-2 page research statement briefly describing the proposed project, especially its humanities content, and the humanities credentials of the scholars and other staff who would be involved in planning and implementing the project. Also include plans for raising matching funds. Limitation does not include references.

2.       A Letter from the Chair or Dean

3.       2-3 page abbreviated CV for the PI


NOTE: Since this program requires a substantial fund raising activity, it is recommended that each Center or unit (department or school) works with the IU Foundation prior to the internal competition.

Fulbright Scholar Program in Europe: UK Grants


Dear Colleague,

I am writing to let you know that the competition for U.S. Fulbright Scholar awards to the United Kingdom is now open. We are soliciting applications for the 2014-15 academic year from all levels of faculty and professionals, including early career.

The largest Fulbright Scholar Program in Europe, the UK now offers 35 Core grants for U.S. faculty and professionals to conduct research, teaching or a combination of the two in a variety of fields. This includes: two grants open in all disciplines at any viable UK institution; two grants under Police Research or Criminal Justice Scholar award; two grants under Northern Ireland Governance and Public Policy award; three Distinguished Chair grants; four Fulbright-Scotland Visiting Professorships. In addition, unique to the program are 20 university-partnership awards at designated host universities.

Of special note could be the seven new awards that have been added to the program for AY 2014-15:


Fulbright-Global Shakespeare Center Distinguished Chair

Fulbright-University of Birmingham Distinguished Chair

Fulbright-University of Dundee Award (Art and Design)

Fulbright-Birkbeck College

Fulbright-Durham University

Fulbright-Loughborough University

Fulbright-Regent’s College


Below is a list of a sample of the 25 renewed grant opportunities:


Fulbright-Durham University at the Institute of Advanced Studies (All Disciplines) (Theme for 2014/15 – Emergence)

Fulbright-Lancaster University (STEM-Science and Technology)

Fulbright-Northern Ireland Governance and Public Policy

Fulbright-Queen’s University Belfast (Anglophone Irish Writing and Literature)

Fulbright-Scotland Visiting Professorship at the Glasgow School of Art (Health and Wellbeing)

Fulbright-Scotland Visiting Professorship, University of Edinburgh, College of Humanities and Social Science

Fulbright-University of the Arts London


Applicants must be U.S. citizens and hold a Ph.D. or appropriate professional/terminal degree at the time of application. The application deadline is August 1, 2013. 

For eligibility factors, detailed application guidelines and review criteria, please follow the link You may also wish to register for one of our webinars at (including one on the UK), or to join our online community, My Fulbright, a resource center for applicants interested in the program.

I would greatly appreciate if you could share this opportunity with members of your listservs, newsletters or social media group. For further information about specific awards, please contact Krisztina Miner, Program Officer for the UK, at

Best wishes,

Krisztina Miner, Ph.D.
Program Officer, Europe and Eurasia
Fulbright Scholar Program
Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)
Institute of International Education (IIE)
1400 K Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
Ph: 202-686-8645 | Fax: 202-686-4029 |